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Isn’t it amazing to watch our children grow into their personalities and to see them discover their own ways through life? I beam with pride as I watch them make decisions for themselves and smile when they actually attempt to do what is pleasing to both me and my husband. Sometimes however we have to practice the sad art of correcting them when they make the wrong choice. A lot of times this is when I hear ” I didn’t know”. Sadly I didn’t know is not an answer when it comes to wrong choices. It is in those times that we as parents have teachable moments. We must address the action, provide the reasons why it is wrong and then ask them to rectify the choice they made.
“If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible. ~ Leviticus 5:17
When we sin it is not always that we meant to. In fact there is a lot of times we do so without even realizing it. It doesn’t change the fact that we have done so. The excuse of “I didn’t know” will not clear us of this wrong doing. What it does mean however, is that we ourselves have a chance to grow as a Christian. We are to seek forgiveness and we are to try to rectify the error.
That is the beauty of God’s grace. He loves us so much that He knew we would mess up so He provided us with the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins -Jesus. He knew that there would be times that we would in fact slip up and that we wouldn’t even realize we did so. After all don’t we expect our own children to mess up unknowingly sometimes?
So what happens if we refuse to confess because we feel we should get a pass for not knowing?
God uses the Holy Spirit to show us the error of our ways. When we chose not to listen He finds other ways to show us the wrong that we need to make right – through our friends, family and other sources. He does so because He loves us. He is trying to have one of those teachable moments with us.
It also means that if we attempt to go with the ” I didn’t know therefore it doesn’t matter” approach that we can not be forgiven of that particular wrong doing. Just like we tell our children…We must be willing to own the things that we have done wrong so that we can begin to make them right.
This all seems simple enough and yet just like our children there are times we simply try to cover up our wrong doings.
We are scared of what others will think of us.
We are afraid of what owning the sin would mean in terms of rectifying the error.
Yet, when we allow these things to stop us we deny ourselves the peace and comfort that comes from allowing God to once again wash us clean.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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